ACTNews, ASHANTI – The water crisis has been a prolonged problem in many African countries. The United Nations says that only 24 percent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa has access to safe drinking water. In Ghana, people have to walk for a long distance to reach clean water.
According to data gathered by ACT’s Global Humanity Response, more than 3 million people in Ghana rely on puddle water and rivers that are mostly polluted. As a result, their health has been severely affected. Approximately, 80 percent of diseases suffered by Ghanaians are caused by polluted water and poor sanitation.
To prevent the spread of water-borne diseases in Ghana, Global Wakaf-ACT strives to build Waqf Wells in the country covering an area of 238,535 square kilometers. Not only one but three wells with a depth of 50 meters are under construction in three districts in the Ashanti Region, Ghana.
Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response explains that more than three thousand residents in Ashanti District will get the benefits of the Waqf Wells donated by Indonesian Benefactors.
“The wells can supply up to 10,000 liters of water per hour. The surrounding residents don’t need to worry about the cleanliness of the water since the water will pass through a filtering system so that the produced water is clean and suitable for consumption,” said Firdaus, Monday (7/12/2021).
Firdaus explains that the Waqf Wells can provide safety and comfort to the Ghanaian women and children because it's usually women and their children who travel long distances to fetch water for household needs.
In addition to household consumption, Waqf Wells will be beneficial for the Muslim community to facilitate their worship considering Ashanti district has a relatively high Muslim population compared to other regions of Ghana. “The clean water from these wells can be used for ablution, removing all the filth and dirt before praying,” concluded Firdaus.